Cape Town - Provincial MEC of Community Safety, Alan Winde, has said that instead of going on week long, expensive parades paid for by taxpayers, the army should be deployed across communities in the Province, where an urgent need to address high crime rates exists.
Winde said: “Instead of only showcasing what the armed forces is about and shooting off artillery as fanfare, which only further traumatizes our communities, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) should serve as a peace-keeping force in gang- and crime ravaged areas. Throughout my engagements with communities, they all say they want one thing, the army.”
Since 2012, the Western Cape Government has made 12 separate formal demands for the temporary deployment of the SANDF as a visible peace-keeping force, to free up the police to do the necessary investigative work needed to ensure arrests.
In November 2018, the army could at a drop of a hat be deployed to the Vaal river in the ANC-led Emfuleni Municipality, even though the pollution and failing infrastructure are all due to mismanagement at Municipal level.
The Western Cape’s police-to-population ratio remains at an alarming 1 officer for every 509 residents. In Cape Town, it’s worse at 1:560. The national average is 1:375.
These numbers are abysmal, and every effort, which includes more resources, is needed to address the scourge of crime across the Province.